Grateful Dead Live at Memorial Stadium on 1995-05-24
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Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: Start of my last tweenty
Subject: First listen since being there........
This was my first show (and my 18th birthday) after years of listening to old tapes and missing out on 94 Seattle and Eugene b/c I was too scared of my parents to say F*ck off, I"m going to see the Dead!!
Well, needless to say it was a bit anticlimactic to hear Jerry forget half of Touch of Grey's lyrics to start my first show. I saw all 5 of the PNW run, and thankfully we got 5/26, which I find to be a great show(for 94, 95). Oh well, all is good.
Subject: Colour Me Gone?
But it all rolls into one and there's nothing you can hold for very long. With the exception of a Bird Song jam where Garcia pulls out some tasty Sonny Sharrock-style lines this show bites. I was happy to hear Iko again for the first time in many years but knew that all cylinders were misfiring. At the time I put it down to first night jitters but...you know. Then I saw the next two shows. Then I went to Portland and witnessed a Crazy Fingers flameout.
The exception here then, is a rather stunning Estimated Prophet which, as it happens, is one of my favourite Bob tunes. They play it off and Jerry rallies from somewhere deep inside matching the rest of the band's bravado. I remember thinking, at the time, where'd this come from and had high hopes for the rest of the gig (so did they no doubt). But the Wharf Rat disappoints and we all know the rest.
I take the time to write this because I feel I should review all the shows I've seen at this point. And to draw attention to the Esto for those who don't mind these late period shows. Want to hear another example of Jerry waking up and cutting a rug? Check out the RFK "New Speedway" from the following summer tour---it's as if Hornsby inspires him to kick out the jams.
I give this one two for the Bird Song and the Esto.
Subject: 2 Stars
Subject: i want to tell you....
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